How can I add additional templates to a Group Policy Object?

A. The old style NT 4.0 templates (.adm) are still supported in Windows 2000 Group Policy Objects (GPO) and are listed in the Group Policy under the 'Administrative Templates' branch. These settings are all "registry" based settings.

Windows 2000 ships with two .adm files

  • system.adm (General system settings)
  • inetres.adm (Internet Explorer specific settings)

When a adm file is applied to a GPO it is copied from the %systemroot%\inf folder to the %systemroot%\SYSVOL\domain\Policies\<GUID of GPO>\Adm folder.

To add/remove a new template to a GPO perform the following:

  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in (Start - Programs - Administrative Tools - Active Directory Users and Computers)
  2. Right click on the container whose GPO you wish to change, for example and select Properties
  3. Select the 'Group Policy' tab
  4. Select the GPO and click Edit
  5. The Group Policy MMC snap-in will be started with the GPO at the root
  6. Under User or Computer configuration right click on 'Administrative Templates' and select 'Add/Remove Templates'
  7. Click Add (or to remove select one and click Remove)
  8. Select the ADM to add and click Open
  9. Click Close
  10. The new options will now be available

The ADM file will be copied to the GPO's Adm folder. 

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